Kate Bowler

Kate Bowler

Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity in North America

(919) 660-3592
201 Gray

Duke Divinity School
Box 90968
Durham, NC 27708-0968


Kate Bowler is assistant professor of the history of Christianity in North America at Duke Divinity. She teaches courses in American Christianity and world Christianity with an emphasis on historical and ethnographic methods. Her research interests include contemporary evangelicalism, pentecostalism, megachurches, and religion and ethnicity.

Her first book, Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel (Oxford, 2013), traces the rise of Christian belief in divine promises of health, wealth, and happiness. Other works on the prosperity gospel include "Blessed Bodies: Healing within the African-American Faith Movement," in Global Pentecostal and Charismatic Healing (Oxford University Press, 2011) and “From Far and Wide: The Canadian Faith Movement,” Church & Faith Trends, February 2010.

She has received a 2015 sabbatical grant for researchers from The Louisville Institute to write a book on the cultural history of the wife “co-pastor” as a modern American icon.



Ph.D., Duke University
M.A.R., Yale Divinity School
B.A., Macalester College